Golder Associates Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
108 Reviews

3.1
108 Reviews
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Golder Associates President Brian Conlin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee owned so people have personal interest in work duties (in 15 reviews)

  • Most of the offices allow for an ok but not great work-life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor management of some operations, so choose your office carefully (in 5 reviews)

  • Work life balance is a catch phrase and not reality (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Discriminatory Environment in U.S.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Associate in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Reasonable project assignments for entry level personnel.

    Cons

    The U.S. Company has been out for some time to terminate older employees. They particularly target support services senior staff and then replace them with younger, unqualified people. U.S. company management does not have the slightest clue. People have lost all confidence in so-called leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over! You are currently totally destructive and destroying the morale that used to be here. The rest of global Golder may be doing OK, but GAI is a non-participant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you're not a P&A or on the technical side - you will get no respect!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed some of the relationships I made while at Golder and have some great friends from the experience. I did learn a lot about how not to run a company and how to try to implement projects with all odd against you.

    Cons

    If you are not a P&A or on the technical side, the lack of respect for your skills is embarrassing and borderline harrassment. People in core business positions like accounting, marketing, and HR, etc are degraded and treated like they are nothing more than a highschool graduate who is lucky to have an opportunity to come into the office each day. As an engineer, they believe that they know how to do anything and these core business staff know nothing. Your pay is a very good reflection of this attitude. As a core business staff, you can expect to receive more and more responsibility, possibly even taking on two peoples jobs - but don't expect to be compensated for that - again, it is your privledge to work here! The technical staff throw money out the window with their lack of accountability, but that's not their fault because management does not hold them accountable for anything. In turn, when business is bad, just lay off more core business people to help compensate. Also, people who do poorly at their job get promoted to "move" them out of "wrong positions" - this teaches the that it's ok to have a bad attitude and created a working environment that does not promote hard work and rewards. Those that work hard get rewarded with a good review and a pat on the back - definitely not a raise or a bonus (unless you are a Principal or Associate).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting engineers run the office and hire some people who actually have experience and skills running a company. Also, hold people accountable for the decisions they make and maybe the company will make more money rather than throwing it out the window and can stop laying people off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Depends what you're looking for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to pursue areas which you enjoy and work around your lifestyle. Management is very understanding and flexible to accommodate your needs.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits aren't as great as others companies in the industry. However you have sacrifice other areas to get better pay in other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time

    Pros

    Employee owned, great work atmosphere, easy to approach and talk to top management and principals, great technical knowledge.

    Cons

    High turn-over among non-engineering/technical staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work but could use some help with management

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Staff Technician
    Current Employee - Staff Technician

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Employee owned - the company tends to hold on to employees even when times are tough. Diverse client base with lots of work in economy proof areas. Work loads tend to be fairly steady and aren't the feast or famine varieties found in other consulting firms. Golder has some real talented people and exciting new divisions.

    Cons

    Meager pay increases and paths for promotion within the company. Many times the only way to get ahead is to find a job elsewhere, and threaten to leave. The company stock system seems questionable, and difficult for junior staff to afford to be part of. Management is slow to deal with problem staff, and promotions/raises seem to have little to do with performance. Communication between groups and offices is generally pretty poor. Benefits are sub-par for what the employees are contributing. The company management structure seems top heavy at the moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try actually listening to the average employee and not just the other Ps and As. Find new ways to reward employees for doing and excellent job, and don't be afraid to move people out of positions where they have struggled for years. It shouldn't be a surprise that often Geologists and Engineers don't make great managers...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Values driven company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time

    Pros

    Exceptional people across all sectors

    Cons

    Company structure is not cohesive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great People confused direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people. I have made lifelong friends from my time at Golder. Employee owned so people have personal interest in work duties. Benefits are great although a little pricey. Variety of work. I got to work on a variety of projects with different scopes of work. Great place to start a career. Once you become a Golder employee, there is an opportunity to stay there for a very long time. I met multiple career Golder employees.

    Cons

    Field staff are expected to pay up front for field costs, which can be very difficult for young professionals starting their careers. Salary is lower than industry standards. Expected to travel a lot(field staff). No clear path to grow career. There are a few terrible managers I experienced, but common at most workplaces. They have a hard time adjusting to the market conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving health and safety.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    The U.S. Operating Company is a joke.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Golder Associates

    Pros

    Benefits are decent thanks to upgrades made a number of years ago.

    Cons

    The company hasn't grown one iota in five years. Management is comprised entirely of engineers who don't know a single thing about developing or managing a company. They are arrogant and uncaring. Numerous layoffs have focused on the most senior employes. Management tries to present themselves as compassionate and collegial - they are anything but.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transform the company by hiring professional management personnel who know something about organizational development and human relations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A decent environment to acquire transferable technical skills and knowledge.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This office features a strong business model with dedicated experts who are content to share their technical knowledge and expertise. Management appears concerned over the welfare of its employees and is serious about performance reviews. Overall morale is above average. Company offers a fairly generous time-off policy that separates sick and vacation time. Decent medical, dental, and vision benefits are provided at a reasonable cost. Work schedule is relaxed with opportunity to telecommute and take personal time off as needed, and the office location is walking distance from BART. Applicable new hires receive a free pre-employment physical.

    Cons

    Expectations are occasionally unrealistic. The position/compensation structure is poorly defined and tends to favor those having the most experience that Golder deems relevant. The "employee-owned" nature of the company only benefits those who regularly invest in the company stock and remain for the very long-term. The PDG program, designed for the career development of junior and mid-level personnel, has good intentions but feels more like an obligatory morale campaign. Overall, my tenure was valuable but ultimately a stepping stone to a more rewarding opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve definition of position structure and broaden salary ranges. Provide a monetary award to employees who successfully complete the probationary period. Offer positions by telephone prior to sending an E-mail to demonstrate your sincerity and provide the candidate a better opportunity to negotiate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fast pace and friendly

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Golder Associates

    Pros

    Get mentoring, lots of room to grow your own practice

    Cons

    Some of the Admin can be difficult to work with

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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